computer power backup systems Knowing what to do if the lights go out this summer / Bay Area apartment and condo dwellers can take a cue from a New York consultant
Heber Rose, a joint rental company in ManhattanOp consultants have been advising clients to prepare for a possible temporary power outage in New York City this summer.Two weeks ago, Rose learned firsthand that his advice might come in handy.He and his wife are on holiday in chincotegu, Virginia.A driver hit the pole and cut off the hotel's power supply."I wasn't surprised that the lights went out, but what I didn't expect was that we wouldn't have a phone service either," Ross said ." Explained that since the phone in the room needs electricity to operate, guests cannot even contact the front desk until power is restored.While the lack of lighting and telephone service is only temporary inconvenience, the experience reinforces his determination to convince customers that the possible power cuts in New York City deserve their attention, Ross said.Ross is a member of three committees of independent system operators in New York.The government agency that oversees the distribution of electricity in the state.He said his proposal was based on concerns expressed by other members of the committee and experts in the field."The first thing I'm telling the customer right now is that battery backup for phones and computers is a must," he said ."."Since there may be a surge in power when power is restored, I also recommend using surge protectors."(However, a normal non-portable phone that does not plug into a power outlet will work during a power outage.Battery backup system, says Ross.-For sale in office supplies and computer stores-The price is under $200.While these devices are typically sold as backup power supplies for computers-They are called UPS systems, and better systems can power computers for up to an hour-They can also be used to run phones, answering machines, clocks and radios.Surge protectors should be used on all sensitive electronic devices for more than $20.Arthur I.Weinstein, vice president of the New York co-op and apartment Council, said that even if the possibility of a power outage is small, buildings should be planned."Co-"The op and condo committees should sit down with their managers, identify the risk areas, and then identify the procedures for dealing with these risks," Weinstein said .".Dangerous areas include elevators, water pumps, electric-controlled hot water systems, automatic door locks, intercom systems, safety systems, and emergency lighting systems in corridors and stairwells.In a power outage, the elevator will stop and the people trapped inside will not be able to communicate with the construction personnel, Weinstein said.He said that since neither the alarm system in the elevator nor the display panel showing the location of the elevator can work, the construction staff will not be able to know if the passenger is inside."Because there was little to do before the power was restored, he said:" At least the tenants should be made aware of what was going to happen and advised them to stay as calm as possible and not try to get off the bus .".Another potential issue has to do with the tenant's ability to communicate with the front desk and visitors trying to enter the building."Even if your private phone is working all the time, you may not have intercom service at your desk or in the foyer," Weinstein said .".Because residents will not be able to open the front door electronically or communicate with visitors, a building without a guard should have a plan to Post employees at the front door before restoring power.Regulators and other key construction personnel should get cell phones, so they can be contacted even if the regular telephone system is not working, he said.Because it's impossible for residents with electricity.He said that managers should conduct a survey to identify occupants with special needs, including the elderly, the infirm or those with babies, and appoint floor captains to assist them."You also want to make sure that any emergency lighting works properly and that the building staff has enough flashlights and batteries," he said .".Power cuts also affect the water supply of buildings.Tony Saab, chief engineer at Manhattan Rand Engineering, said that buildings over 75 feet high usually rely on electric pumps to send water to the tank on the roof, and then Gravity distributes it throughout the building.If the pump stops working because of a power outage, the only water available will be the water in the tank."Most tanks hold up to 10,000 gallons," he said, adding that 3,500 of them are reserved for the building's fire-fighting vertical pipe system.Since the tank is usually not fully loaded, the amount of water available in the tank is usually between 3,500 and 4,500 gallons.He said: "During the peak period of use, a building with 100 families can use 3,500 gallons in 20 minutes ." In addition, most buildings have a maximum of two hours of water in their tanks.Residents may now want to fill a few gallons of water to keep it in the fridge, Szabo said, and should avoid unnecessary water use when power goes off.Szabo says buildings without batteriesPowered lights in corridors and stairwells may be considered for installation.The cost of the lamp, including installation, ranges from $300 to $400, he said.John micasard, Chief Distribution engineer at United Edison, said residents should turn off any appliances that have been turned on if there is a power outage.This is because the surge that may occur when the power is restored will damage the equipment without the surge protector.In addition, if all electrical appliances start at the same time, the circuit breaker in the house or apartment may trip.